Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program

Current Projects

Sleep and Cortisol in Youth Exposed to Trauma

We are interested in looking at biological markers that may help us identify youth who are at risk for posttraumatic stress. The study involves wearing equipment that will measure sleep patterns during sleep in your own home. You and your child will spend plenty of time becoming familiar and comfortable with the sleep equipment. We will also collect a small sample of saliva to measure cortisol, a hormone involved in stress and ask you and your child to complete some behavioral questionnaires.

You will be compensated up to $50 for participation.

Who can participate:

Youth ages 8-18 who have been exposed to trauma (ie. physical or sexual abuse, witnessing violence, violent death of a loved one, etc.).

For further information about participating, please contact: Dr. Hilit Kletter at 650-724-3377.

Brain Imaging Study of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

We are studying how brain activity improves after teens participate in a well-established therapy (no medication). We will collect magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans before and after therapy.  MRI is safe and does not use radiation or injections. If you participate, you will receive free therapy, a cash gift, and a picture of your brain.

Who Can Participate?

Girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 17 who have experienced a trauma and are have upsetting memories or are feeling frightened, jumpy, or irritable.

For more information, please have your parent contact: Principal Investigator: Amy Garrett, Ph.D., (650) 736-1874 or email agarrett@stanford.edu or PTSDtherapyForTeens@lists.stanford.edu.

For general information about participant’s rights contact: 1-866-680-2906.

For the healthy comparison group:

We are looking for healthy teen girls and boys to participate in a brain imaging study as a comparison group in a study of teens with posttraumatic stress disorder.  You will have 2 MRI scans, about 3 months apart, interviews, and questionnaires. MRI is safe and does not use radiation or injections. If you participate, you will receive a cash gift and a picture of your brain.

Who Can Participate?

Girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 17 who:

Have no history of psychiatric conditions Have no braces or non-removable piercings (for the scans)

For more information, please have your parent contact: Principal Investigator: Amy Garrett, Ph.D., (650) 736-1874 or email agarrett@stanford.edu or PTSDtherapyForTeens@lists.stanford.edu.

Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS)

Brain Imaging Study using Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS)

We are using functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study brain function in children. This study could help us better understand how anxiety and trauma impact the brain.

We are recruiting children between the ages of 7-12 in the following groups for a research study exploring brain function:
•          Children with a history of anxiety
•          Children who have experienced a trauma and are bothered by symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder
•          Healthy children without a history of anxiety or trauma

Participation will take about one hour and involves evaluation including:
•          Self-reports and behavioral tasks
•          Brain imaging with fNIRS (functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy) while completing brief tasks on a computer. fNIRS is a specialized examination of the head that uses infrared light to examine the function of the brain. NIRS scans are safe, non-invasive and do not use X-rays or radiation. They are used to look at brain function.

You will receive:
•          Access to ongoing updates about the outcomes of the study.
•          Payment of $15/hour for your participation.

For more information, or to enroll in the study, e-mail brainstudy@stanford.edu

For general information about participant rights, please contact 1-866-680-2906.

Brain Imaging in Teens Exposed to Trauma

Teens Wanted!

The Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research is looking for adolescent boys and girls to participate in a study on brain development in those who have and have not experienced trauma.

You may qualify if you are:
•           An adolescent boy or girl
•           Ages of 13-17 years old
•           Right handed
•           Have previously experienced a traumatic event or
•           Have never had a traumatic event or psychiatric problems

You will receive:
•           Payment of $50 for completing an hour-long brain scan and behavioral assessments.

For more information, or to enroll in the study, e-mail mklabund@stanford.edu.

For general information about participant rights, please contact 1-866-680-2906.

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